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    Webinar \\ Tuesday, February 26 1:00-2:15 pm EST

    Leveraging Chronic Absenteeism Data to Help Students Experiencing Homelessness

    www.educationleadshome.org @EDULeadsHome

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  • Education Leads Home: A National Campaign Building Stronger Futures for Homeless Students

    ● Young children will participate in quality early childhood programs at the same rate as their housed peers by 2026.

    ● High school students will reach a 90 percent graduation rate by 2030.

    ● Post-secondary students will reach a 60 percent post-secondary attainment rate by 2034.



  • About Us

    ICPH ICPH is a New York City-based policy research organization focused on family homelessness in New York City and throughout the United States. www.icphusa.org

    SCHOOLHOUSE CONNECTION SchoolHouse Connection is a national organization working to overcome homelessness through education. www.schoolhouseconnection.org

    CIVIC Civic is a public policy and strategy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities, and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities and country. www.civicenterprises.net

    AMERICA'S PROMISE ALLIANCE APA is the nation’s largest partnership of its kind, bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators, and ordinary citizens behind the idea of making the promise of America accessible to all young people. www.americaspromise.org

    http://www.icphusa.org http://www.schoolhouseconnection.org http://www.civicenterprises.net http://www.americaspromise.org

  • Our Presenters Jennifer Erb-Downward Senior Research Associate, Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan

    Rachel Barth Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness

    Victoria Vohland Children in Transition High School Liaison, Washoe County School District

    Brittney Kucera Program Coordinator, Washoe County School District

    Katie Brown Program Manager, Education Leads Home - SchoolHouse Connection

  • Today’s Agenda ● Overview of Chronic Absenteeism

    and its Effects on Students ● National Chronic Absenteeism Data ● MI and NYC Case Studies ● Best Practices from Washoe County ● Policy Implications ● Q&A


  • Overview of Chronic Absenteeism

    What is Chronic Absenteeism?

    Students who miss 10 percent or more of days enrolled are defined as chronically absent--including both excused and unexcused absences.

    Why Does Chronic Absenteeism Matter?

    ● Less likely to meet grade level proficiency standards ● More likely to drop out of school ● Absences in early grades have lasting impact

    How is Chronic Absenteeism a Warning Sign?

    When students consistently miss school, it is often a sign of underlying challenges and may signal a student is experiencing homelessness.

  • National Chronic Absenteeism Data


    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released student absenteeism rates from all 50 states for the 2015-16 school year. This data from all public schools and school districts shows that almost 8 million

    students were chronically absent from schools in 2015-16. 


  • Michigan Case Study

    How do we get people to care? MI has sixth highest chronic absenteeism rate in the country. Approximately 1 out of every 6 children in SY 2016-17.

    Half of all students in MI are either low-income or homeless. They account for 75% of all students chronically absent.

    Homeless students have the highest chronic absenteeism rate. Over 2.5 times the rate of housed peers and over 4 times the rate of higher income peers.

  • Michigan Case Study

    Even without attendance data linked to graduation outcome, a strong case for meeting the needs of homeless students can be made.

    Importance of Local Focus ● Chronic absenteeism is not inevitable for homeless students

    ○ By school district, chronic absenteeism ranged from a low of 13% to a high of 86%.

    ● Critical to disaggregate the data ○ School districts where homeless students struggled with

    attendance were not always the same districts where all students struggled.

  • Bridging the Graduation Gap: Why School Stability is Key for Homeless High School Students in New York City

    ● Data from New York City Department of Education

    ● Shelter system in New York City is unique, but can provide

    greater context

    ● Homeless students continue to graduate at lower rates than

    housed students

    ● Homeless students were more likely to be chronically absent

    ● Students that did not transfer mid-year or experience chronic

    absenteeism graduated at rates similar to their housed peers


  • What Percent of Students Were Homeless At Some Point During High School?

    ● One in 10 graduates experienced homelessness during high school.

    ● One-third of homeless students lived in a shelter at some point during high school.


  • How do Graduation Rates Compare Between Housing Settings? ● 77% of housed students and 56%

    of homeless students graduated on time

    ● Only 45% of students who ever lived in shelter graduated on time

  • How Prevalent is Chronic Absenteeism Among High School Students?

    ● Homeless students were much more likely to be chronically absent.

    ● 81% of homeless students who were ever in shelter were chronically absent.

    ● 44% of homeless students who were ever in shelter transferred mid-year and were chronically absent.

    Categories are not mutually exclusive. Students who experienced both chronic absenteeism and a mid-year transfer would be counted in all percentages except “No Instability Factors.”


  • How Are Students Distributed Across Instability Categories?

    • Homeless students were more than twice as likely as housed students to be both chronically absent and transfer mid-year.

    • Only half of housed students experienced any instability factor, while 71% of homeless students experienced at least one instability factor.


  • How Do School Instability Factors Affect Graduation Rates?

    ● Homeless students with no instability factors graduated well above the overall citywide and housed graduation rates (90%).

    ● Only 54% of chronically absent homeless students and less than one quarter of homeless students that experienced both mid-year transfers and chronic absenteeism graduated on time.


  • Best Practices from Washoe County 17

  • Using Data on Chronic Absenteeism to Improve Outcomes for Students Living in Transition

    Tori Vohland  Homeless Liaison, Children in Transition

    Brittney Kucera  Children in Transition Program Coordinator

  • What we will be covering…

    ● Poverty and Unaffordable Housing Data (Nevada and WCSD Statistics) ● Children in Transition (CIT) Program (McKinney Vento Program with WCSD) ● Chronic Absenteeism and applying data to track chronically absent CIT students ● Data Warehouse: Business Intelligence Gateway ● Real-time tracking amongst our Children in Transition population ● Tracking services given and how they may influence student outcomes

  • A Picture of Homelessness in Nevada In overall

    homelessness in the nation

    44th 36th

    There are currently 23,790 children experiencing homelessness in Nevada

    For childhood homelessness in the nation

    Nevada ranks

    Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

  • Children Living in Poverty Face Many Obstacles

    1 out of 5 children in Nevada are living in poverty.

    1 out of 4 children in Nevada are food insecure.

    1 out of 3 children in Nevada are living with parents who lack secure employment.

  • Unaffordable Housing Rates

    Data Source : 2018 Nevada Housing Profile; 2016 GAP Report, National Low Income Housing Coalition, nlihc.org

  • We are Washoe County School District (WCSD)

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  • Intervention Department

    Children in Transition

    Program Coordinator

    Homeless Liaisons

    Elementary and Early Childhood Middle school High school

    Budget support and transportation


    After school tutoring and data


    Transportation Liaison1 Foster Liaison

    Truancy Re-Engagement Family Resource Centers

  • Number of CIT Students in WCSD


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